Blues Concerts

  1. Langston Hughes Loves the Blues Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1960 The Harlem Renaissance poet hosts a blues bash featuring Muddy Waters, Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker in 1960.
  2. Big Jack Johnson's Electrified Blues Tramps May 8, 1998 The Mississippi-born guitarist-singer, nicknamed the Oil Man, performs raw Delta numbers like "I'm Goin' Away, Baby" in a '98 set.
  3. J.B. Hutto's Raw Slide Style Ash Grove Dec 28, 1966 The bluesman, who was born in 1926, performs raucous renditions of "That's Alright" and "Kansas City" in this '66 Ash Grove set.
  4. John Mayall at Philharmonic Hall, 1973 Philharmonic Hall Jul 5, 1973 The Godfather of British Blues premieres his Jazz Blues Fusion band featuring trumpeter Blue Mitchell and saxophonist Red Holloway.
  5. Little Buster & the Soul Brothers Tramps Jun 13, 1997 The Long Island legend (born Edward Forehand) leads his blues 'n' soul band on "Stand By Me," "Stormy Monday" and "Mustang Sally" in 1997.
  6. Bonnie Raitt in Austin 1987 Auditorium Shores May 25, 1987 Bonnie lights up the stage with a flawless acoustic set featuring special guests Kim Wilson and Nick Lowe.
  7. Remembering Paul Butterfield Winterland Feb 23, 1973 The Chicago blues harp ace-singer died in 1987. Hear him lead his Better Days band on "Buried Alive in the Blues" in this '73 set.
  8. All Hail the King! Fillmore East Jun 19, 1971 Hear Riley "B."B." King play his hits "Sweet Sixteen" and "The Thrill Is Gone" in this 1971 Fillmore East set.
  9. Memphis Slim at Newport, 1965 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 1, 1965 The pianist and singer (aka Peter Chatman) is joined by bassist Willie Dixon on "I Cry and Sing the Blues," "Lonesome Traveler" and "We're Gonna Rock."
  10. John Hammond's Barrelhouse Boogie Ash Grove Jun 6, 1969 The blues scholar is deep into a Delta bag on "Steady Rollin' Man" and summons up John Lee Hooker on "Boogie Chillen" in this 1969 set.
  11. Gary Clark Jr. at Good Danny's Good Danny's Apr 18, 2012 The neo-blues star unleashes his distortion-laced chops on "When My Train Pulls In" and "Things are Changing" in this 2012 set from Austin.
  12. Wynton Marsalis Salutes the Blues Apollo Theatre Jun 2, 2003 The great trumpeter welcomes a string of all-star guests including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Carrie Smith and Ray Charles in this 2003 show at the Apollo.
  13. James Cotton at the Fillmore West Fillmore Auditorium Nov 25, 1966 Hear the Chicago blues harpist and former Muddy Waters sideman lead his own band in this concert from 50 years ago.
  14. Albert King's Mighty Bluespower Fillmore East Jun 27, 1971 The imposing bluesman unleashes his toe-curling bent-string licks on "Personal Manager" and "Crosscut Saw" at the Fillmore East in 1971.
  15. Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Testifyin' Avery Fisher Hall Jun 30, 1974 The dynamic duo plays "Hoodoo Man Blues," "Messin' with the Kid" and "One Room Country Shack" in this 1974 set from Avery Fisher Hall.
  16. The Blues Brothers on New Year's 1978 Winterland Dec 31, 1978 In 1980, The Blues Brothers movie opened in Chicago. Hear Jake and Elwood perform "Messin' With The Kid" and "Hey Bartender" in 1978.
  17. Best of Blues
    1. John Hammond's Barrelhouse Boogie
    2. Big Mama Thornton's Blues
    3. Rory Gallagher at Bottom Line, 1978
    4. Robert Cray's Confessional Blues
    5. Mississippi John Hurt,1964
    6. Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, 1968
    7. Gary Clark Jr.'s Nu Blues
    8. Albert King at the Fillmore, 1971
    9. Stevie Ray Live in Texas
    10. Muddy Waters Blues Band, 1965
    11. Son House's Chilling Delta Blues
    12. Pinetop Perkins With Muddy in Nice
  18. Remembering Lightnin' Hopkins Ash Grove Sep 16, 1967 The Texas country blues legend, born in 1912, plays "Baby Please Don't Go," "Mojo Hand" and "Katie Mae" in this '67 Ash Grove set.
  19. John Lee Hooker at Shoreline Amphitheatre Shoreline Amphitheatre Oct 10, 1992 The Boogie Man is joined by guitarist Ry Cooder on "Serves Me Right to Suffer," "Hobo Blues" and "Crawlin' King Snake" in this 1992 set.
  20. B.B. King Rocks the Fillmore West Fillmore Auditorium Jun 6, 1968 The king of the blues serenades the hippies with his classics "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss," Sweet Sixteen" and "Rock Me Baby" in this '68 set.
  21. Remembering Peter Green Carousel Ballroom Jun 8, 1968 We lost a legend this week. Hear Peter Green on Fleetwood Mac's first U.S. tour in 1968 and remember his awesome talent. A true original.
  22. Big Mama Thornton's Blues Newport Folk Festival Jul 18, 1969 The singer-harmonica ace plays her signatures "Hound Dog" and "Ball and Chain" and covers Junior Parker's "Mother-in-Law Blues" in 1969.
  23. The Stones Jam With Muddy Checkerboard Lounge Nov 22, 1981 Mick, Keith and the boys join the Chicago blues icon on "Hoochie Coochie Man," "Long Distance Call," "Mannish Boy" and more at the Checkerboard Lounge in 1981.
  24. John Mayall's All-Star Band 1982 Capitol Theatre Jun 18, 1982 The godfather of British blues leads his Bluesbreakers featuring Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, John McVie, Etta James, Albert King and many more.
  25. Son Seals Meets Johnny Winter Bottom Line Jan 10, 1978 The Chicago bluesman welcomes the Texas guitar slinger as a special guest on "Stormy Monday" and "Sweet Little Angel" in this 1978 set.
  26. James Montgomery Wailin' in Lynn, '79 Harbour House Apr 5, 1979 The singer and blues harp ace leads his Boston-based band on the jump blues number "Schoolin' Them Dice" and the boogie romp "Train."
  27. Bonnie Raitt Sizzles in 1979 Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis Jul 5, 1979 Her commerical breakthrough may have been a dozen years away but this show smokes - one of our favorites at Wolfgang's.
  28. Rory Gallagher at Bottom Line, 1978 Bottom Line Nov 11, 1978 The Irish blues-rock pioneer, who died in 1995, performs his signature "Shin Kicker" and covers J.B. Hutto's "Too Much Alcohol."